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19 Free Website Design Tools

There are plenty of free tools and resources to help with your website design, whether you’re just looking for a little flare or you want to build a new site from scratch.

Here is a list of free tools and resources for website design. There are helpful design apps, platforms to create full sites, and resources for font, icon, and image freebies.

Design Resources

Adobe Color CC. Adobe Color is a free online app to try out, create, and save color schemes, each in five variations.

Adobe Color CC.

Adobe Color CC.

Google Fonts. Google Fonts is a quick and easy way to find and add quality fonts. With hundreds of free, open-source fonts available, browse and compare font families, then simply grab the code to add to your collection.

WhatFont. WhatFont is a useful extension to identify fonts. On any web page, just click your WhatFont button to find out.

Type Genius. Type Genius is a simple web app to find nice font combinations. Just select a start font, and instantly get a suggestion for a complementary font pairing.

Type Genius.

Type Genius.

Iconfinder. Iconfinder is an icon search engine to search through 900,000 icons. Browse both premium and 100,00 free icons.

Vectr. Vectr is a free design app for web and desktop to create vector graphics. Share Vectr document URLs for visual feedback. Annotate an image, and share changes in real-time.

Unsplash. Unsplash in a website for free dynamic images. No stock photos here, you are free to modify and distribute the images all you want. The site posts 10 handpicked photos every 10 days. It also has a gallery of example websites that have used the images.

Unsplash.

Unsplash.

Stock Up. Stock Up is a search engine that aggregates stock photos from 26 different free stock photo websites. The site current indexes over 13,000 free images.

Lost and Taken. Lost and Taken is a design blog that provides free texture images. The site has textures from a wide variety of categories, including film, smoke, paper, watercolor, paint, plaster, light, smoke, motion blur, and nature.

TextureKing. TextureKing posts free stock textures to enhance your design. With hundreds of free textures available, the site includes textures from concrete, wood, fabrics, liquids, dirt, glass, and metals.

TextureKing.

TextureKing.

Design and Development Tools

Skitch. Skitch is an application from Evernote to visually communicate ideas, share feedback, and collaborate. Clip from anywhere on the web. Make your point with shapes, arrows, and quick sketches. Use Skitch on your desktop, tablet, and phone to give feedback and share ideas. Basic plan is free. Paid plans start at $24.99 per year.

Canva. Canva is an online graphic design platform. Non-designers can easily create graphic designs and layouts with drag-and-drop features. Design with free stock photos, icons, and shapes. Create menus, banners, social media graphics, and more. Canva’s basic platform is free. Premium elements are never more than $1.

Canna.

Canna.

Pixlr. Pixlr is a free photo editor from Autodesk to enhance images with free effects, overlays, and filters. Choose from a pool of effect packs to give your image the look you want. Stylize images to look like a pencil drawing, ink sketch, poster, and more. Use the Editor, O Matic, and Touch Up web apps to create stunning images.

Google Web Designer. Google Web Designer is an advanced web app that lets you design and build HTML5 web content. Create using drawing tools, text, and 3D objects. Animate objects and events on a timeline. Add image galleries, videos, maps, and more.

Webflow. Webflow is an all-in-one design platform to create responsive websites. Start with a blank canvas for total creative control, or pick a template to get started fast. Drag and drop to build animated and interactive design without writing code. One project is free. Premium plans start at $16 per month.

Webflow.

Webflow.

Themify Flow. Themify Flow is a framework to build responsive themes within WordPress. Simply drop in the layout modules, and configure the options. Style everything with a live preview of the design. It comes with Google Fonts, color picker, image upload, and more.

Mobirise. Mobirise is an app to create small and medium websites, landing pages, promo sites for products and services, and more. Drop the blocks you like into your page, edit content in-line, and publish. Choose from a large selection of pre-made blocks, such as content slider, responsive image gallery, and video background.

Marvel. Marvel is a web app to design interactive prototypes. Design in your browser or add images using Photoshop, Sketch on pen and paper. Turn your designs into interactive mobile and web prototypes in just a few clicks. Import your team from Slack and Asana. Free with commenting on three projects. Paid plan starts at $15 per month.

Bootstrap. Bootstrap is an open-source, front-end framework for creating websites and web applications. Bootstrap comes with dozens of custom HTML and CSS components, and templates for forms, buttons, typography, and more.

Bootstrap.

Bootstrap.

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  1. The MUSEman April 10, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for the great article, just the thing I need to redesign my existing website! :-)

  2. Thomas April 10, 2016 Reply

    May teach these to my Deaf students. They’re doing HTML 4 now and this may be where i need to go next apart from movie making.

    • Web design San Diego July 11, 2016 Reply

      why don’t you start with HTML 5 ?

  3. Shivani April 13, 2016 Reply

    Thank you for providing this great article

  4. Fredrik Hjort April 13, 2016 Reply

    You didn’t talk about SiteGainer. SiteGainer is a all-in-one CRO-tool that includes A/B-tests, heatmaps, on-site pop-ups, banners and surveys. Its totally free for up to 20.000 visitors.

    Visit SiteGainer.com

  5. Jenny One June 14, 2016 Reply

    Great collection! My favorite are Unsplash, Bootstrap, and Mobirise! I use them an daily basis.

  6. Web design San Diego July 11, 2016 Reply

    Google web designer i like the most.The whole article have useful information.

  7. Jacek July 14, 2016 Reply

    I will also add Symu.co if you’re looking for Freebies, psd templates.

  8. Leandro October 21, 2016 Reply

    Hi, I’d also suggest Placeit: https://placeit.net/ it’s a great mockup tool since it has professional quality and you won’t need to use any photoshop. By selecting an image, you can download a free version of your mockup with a watermark, so you can see the quality of the result.

  9. niko December 29, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for the guide. Another tool i would suggest is http://colorglower.com/ -it’s great for getting lighter and darker shades of a hex color. It’s great for experimenting color combinations in your designs